Ikv 72

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Rank 2, Sweden
"The Swedish revolver": SAV 20.12.48
Infanterikanonvagn 72
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
58 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
12 / 6 / 12Hull
18 / 7 / 5Turret
8.0 tWeight
277 hp145 hpEngine power
35 hp/t18 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
61 km/h forward
13 km/h back
56 km/h forward
12 km/h back
75 mm kan m/41 cannonMain weapon
42 roundsAmmunition
5.9 / 7.6 sReload
-20° / 20°Vertical guidance
-10° / 10°Horizontal guidance
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 000 / 2 495/1 300 / 1 622/1 200 / 1 497Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
50 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Ikv 72.jpg

The Infanterikanonvagn 72 is a rank I Swedish tank destroyer with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".

General info

Survivability and armour

With a maximum frontal armour thickness of 18.5 mm, the Ikv 72 has nearly no armour to speak of. The side armour is almost negligible, and can be penetrated by even rifle-caliber machine guns at point blank ranges. Aircraft are particularly deadly, as the vehicle has an open-topped crew compartment, and what little roof armour there is is only 5 mm thick at most.

The crew compartment is very cramped, and any hit by a large shell is liable to disable multiple crew members, if not all of them, simultaneously.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 61 13 8 206 277 25.75 34.63
Realistic 56 12 128 145 16 18.13
The Ikv 72 trades armour for mobility, boasting an excellent power/weight ratio and a high top speed of more than 60 km/h. This allows it to easily get to good positions where it can put its powerful gun to best use. A high reverse speed of 13 km/h also allows it to easily back off, and is particularly valuable when fighting in hull-down positions, where it can use its excellent gun depression to its advantage.


Main armament

The Ikv 72 is armed with the 7,5 cm kan m/41, a rather conventional quick-firing 75 mm field gun. It starts off with the unremarkable slpprj m/40 uncapped AP shot, which is adequate against most opposition it may encounter but tends to suffer ricochets against sloped armour. However, once upgraded, the gun may fire the slpgr m/39 uncapped APHE shell and the slpprj m/40B APBC shot. The former round has a very lethal 260 g TNT filler but tends to ricochet more and has less penetration, while the latter has better penetration and ricochets less, and is thus more useful in uptiers. It is recommended to carry a mixture of both APHE and APBC unless the Ikv 72 is top tier, in which case the APHE alone is sufficient.

The gun also has an outstanding +/-20 degrees of gun elevation, allowing the Ikv 72 to take advantage of hull down positions that most other tanks cannot.

Additional armament


Machine guns


Usage in battles

The Ikv 72 excels at fighting from hull down positions, using its outstanding 20 degrees of gun depression and 13 km/h reverse speed to limit exposure when taking shots. The high reverse speed also helps in city fighting when it has to quickly retreat after taking a shot. It is fast enough to keep up with even light tanks and can use this to take up unexpected positions from which to strike at the enemy.

Pros and cons


  • Outstanding gun depression.
  • Relatively fast rate-of-fire.
  • Excellent forward and reverse speeds.
  • Highly effective APHE shell with a large explosive filler.
  • Small target size, especially at long range.


  • Extremely vulnerable to aircraft.
  • Nearly no armour to speak of.
  • Must choose between high penetration APBC or high damage APHE.
  • Cramped crew compartment.


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Sweden tank destroyers
  Spj fm/43-44 · Ikv 72 · Ikv 103 · Pvkv II · Pvkv m/43 (1946) · Pvkv m/43 (1963) · Pvrbv 551
  SAV 20.12.48 · Sav m/43 (1944) · Sav m/43 (1946) · U-SH 405 · UDES 33